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Tonight I am feeling in tune with China/Dalian

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It could be a personal illusion, but the real sense of making my way here is with me tonight and it feels euphoric.

I did a few real things today and got paid for it with a promise to pay more later. And I got a real prospect of marketing into a big market later this week.

How can I not think I am making some kind of headway? And I doing it with Chinese associates, even though I speak nominal Mandarin. The secret it finding the right associates and I seem to have found one rough jewel, Dean, and my own assistant, Scott, who feels more reliable and worthy of trust.

I have to say to the blogosphere that doing business in China boils down to finding the right Chinese associates. Although I will add this proviso! I am at the beginning of the commercial journey, the very edge of the beginning!

But if you think that my feelings of good existence comes down to marginal commercial success, let me set you right. I have a feeling of good life! I am usefully employed with prospects of better things, I have good Chinese and foreign friends and business associates. I have business connections with Chinese and Chinese organizations that I built myself. I am happy that is working, or seems to be.

I enjoy lots of good wine, spirits, cheese and crossover cuisine at home. I have good convivial friends for dinner and light partying thereafter. I have a warm and cooperative connection with one family that owns a respectable manufacturing company and I do more than English training for them.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/12/05 at 05:06

Why am I in China now?

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Well, it’s not because the weather or air pollution is better than it is in Vancouver.

The answer is partly in a lower cost of living. In spite of the obvious effects of inflation in China, many things and services cost several times less here than they do in North America. And if you’re a savvy buyer, like my wife Emma is, you can get a real deal even on an Acer ultra-laptop with an English Win 7 OS including MS Office circa 2003.

However I believe that I am finding a more fulfilling answer in personal and business activities related to teaching and learning English in business environments. I have been doing research on the Internet and have found several new internet based tools – iBT – that offer some new approaches.

Teaching English is a big business in China. I am focusing now on how that works for tech and outsourcing companies in China. The direction of this focus is to work on ways to teach a “core English” that aims to develop communication skills for the global market.

I have refreshed and extended my knowledge of Globish, the sine qua non tool for 21st century global English use and understanding. I have begun working with Globish people and have begun some basic marketing steps here in Dalian and via the Internet with Chinese correspondents. Even if this activity doesn’t produce a dime of income, it is interesting and challenging work.

Here is a Globish link

Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/04/18 at 18:10